The new lease has been agreed with the trustees of the Ashburnham Estate and is expected to be signed in January 2020. This permits the building of the village hall and widens the permitted activities which will come into line with those permitted in the old village hall.
The materials for use on the new village hall have been approved by the planning department at Rother. These relate to the brickwork above ground and below the cladding, the cladding itself (wooden weather boarding), the roof tiles (clay peg tiles) and the exterior lighting.
The next steps…
The work on the entrance way should be completed in January 2020. It has already been widened and re surfaced, and as the second stage goes ahead there will be a new height barrier and gates.
We have now applied for building regulations approval. We hope to have early project cost information in the first half of 2020 so that we can start applying for funding opportunities.
Planning Permission expires if a start on construction has not been made within three years of the date of granting permission. Ours expires on 17th February 2020 and so we are constructing some of the foundations which will be signed off by the building inspector and will count as having made a start, meaning the planning permission will remain valid indefinitely.
For more information
The Parish Council has set up a committee of the parish council with advisory powers. It is called the New Hall Steering Group and chaired by Cllr. Richard White. Most of the Steering Group’s work is done through its working groups. These are set up for a project and then disband afterwards. However, three are ongoing and have their own web pages, linked below, which you can view for more details on their progress:
Design & Planning, led by Clive O’Sullivan
Fund Raising Events, led by Richard White
Grant Funding, led by Brian Holdstock
Paul Clark has made a stunning scale model of the new hall!